Apollo Mission Profile 


(Click here for a slightly more detailed version of this from NASA)
A typical Apollo lunar landing mission was divided into 18 distinct parts, or phases.
Each phase would normally be preceeded by a Go/No Go decision from Mission Control.
Many of the more critical phases were broken down into smaller parts.

1 Launch
2 Earth orbit insertion - spacecraft checkout
3 Trans-lunar Injection (TLI)
4 Transposition and Docking of CSM to LM
5 Trans-lunar coast
6 Lunar orbit insertion (LOI)
7 Mid-course correction(s)
8 Lunar Module (LM) descent and landing
9 Luar surface operations & Extravehicular Activitity (EVA)
10 LM liftoff
11 LM-Command/Service Module (CSM) docking
12 LM jettison
13 CSM Trans-earth Injection (TEI)
14 Trans-earth coast
15 Mid-course correction(s)
16 Trans-earth EVA (Apollos 15, 16, & 17)
17 Service Module Jettison
18 Reentry
19 Splashdown
18 Recovery


Images below are thumbnails.  Click on each one for full size image
Launch Phase
Crew insertion into CM Launch First staging LES jettison Second staging

Earth orbit Insertion thru TLI

Earth orbit insertion Trans-lunar Injection

Transposition & Docking thru Lunar Orbit Insertion

CSM Separation CSM-LM Docking Trans-lunar Coast Mid-course Correction Lunar Orbit Insertion

Lunar Orbit thru LM Landing

CSM & LM In 
Lunar Orbit
Crew Transfer to LM LM Descent LM Landing 
Final Phase
LM landing

Lunar Surface Operations & EVA thru LM Jettison

EVA LM Ascent 
Stage Liftoff
CSM-LM Docking CSM-LM Docking LM Ascent 
Stage Jettison

Trans-earth Injection thru CM/SM Separation

Trans-earth Injection Trans-earth Coast Midcourse Correction(s) Trans-earth EVA
(Apollos 15, 16, &17)
CM/SM Separation

Reentry thru Recovery

Reentry Reentry Drogue Parachute 
Deployment
Main Parachute 
Deployment
Splashdown 
& Recovery

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